High River Canada Day Half Marathon

High River Canada Day Half Marathon

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This was an excellent run and the course is beautiful. I've always liked High River but I can honestly say I haven't spent a whole lot of time there, so it was nice to get to really see around town. I mean, the town isn't huge so we had to see a lot of it to cover the 21.1 km. 

It was an absolutely beautiful day out! A little chilly to start (11 degrees ish?) So I was dancing a bit at the start to warm up and did NOT try my new ice/water pack in my sports bra trick, so I left it on the bleachers in George Lane Park. I toed the line, the gun went off and I felt awesome! REALLY. 

My splits were awesome. Between 5:09 - 5:11/km for the first 9 km, between 5:05 - 5:10/km for the next 7 km and at km 16 is where I decided to really pick up the pace and was between 4:41 - 4:53/km. So, pretty darn fast. BUT, I nearly pulled myself out of the race at km 18. No joke. I didn't have any water or nutrition on the run - for some reason having to even think about including this stresses me out, plus I usually do fine without - but with the heat, picking up my pace and not having any water I almost passed out. My vision was going blurry, I was losing feeling in my arms and legs, I could feel the blood rushing to my face and I just knew something was up. I was just about to walk or to tell the closest volunteer that I thought I was going to pass out but I talked myself off the ledge and slowed my pace down (about 10 seconds) and recovered. 

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3 km later and this gal crossed the finish line at 1:46:26:82

So I got my PR!!

Then, as I was walking back to see my mom a guy came up, tapped me on the shoulder, told me congratulations and tried to give me a plaque for being the first female finisher. Ummm, no I wasnt?? I tried telling him this and said I was sure there was someone in front of me and it's hers, not mine. I wouldn't take it and was really confused, but I was SURE it wasn't mine. I wasn't going to take someone else's plaque that they earned. He said "well I guess we'll just mail it to you?" and I said I would come over and check later but I really didn't think I earned it. Mom came over to meet me (she was about 100m from the finish line around a corner cheering) and I told her what my conversation was with this guy, she wanted me to go find out but I didn't want to. I was just excited about my PR! We waited and watched Kailey finish her 10km, we went to sit while she got pancakes and sausages (I didn't have any) and eventually I decided I would go look at my timing and see if I actually did get first female. Mom asked the announcer guy, he knew nothing. I went to look at my chip timing and when I didn't see my name lower on the list I kept looking up and there it was. 4th over all and first female! Sorry, WHAT?! That's a first. I poked my head around the corner and talked to the two very nice ladies and said, "I think I got fastest female??" They laughed and said "You're Kelsey?! He brought back the plaque and said he tried giving it to you but you wouldn't take it! You're so humble!" 

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Seriously. I didn't think I got it. 

I knew I passed quite a few women but I still thought there was one in front of me. 

So that's cool. I'm really happy and proud of this race :)

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